An excerpt from

Montreal's Best BYOB Restaurants 2009-2010
by Joanna Fox

O Thym

This stylish and minimalist BYO is located in the Gay Village. A sister restaurant to Les Infidèles, O Thym lives up to expectations. The menu is modern French bistro with an emphasis on lighter dishes with fresh flavours and seafood. Their welcome experimentation with food combinations result in a sophisticated meal in an enjoyable environment. In true bistro style, there are no menus here—the many impressive specials of the day are written on large black chalkboards. Appetizers can include arugula salad with duck magret and shaved parmesan or wonderful seared scallops with mango and chayote salsa. The wait staff are swift and attentive. With plenty of seafood dishes to choose from, O Thym is a welcome departure from the usual French “salmon” alternative to meat. The tuna with curry, honey and grilled coconut and the shrimp with garlic, tomato and pastis are particularily tasty. Another delicious must-have is the crispy pistachio ris-de-veau with apricot sauce. Usually full and bustling, with the sounds of the diners bouncing off the restaurant’s tiled floors and high ceilings, O Thym reflects the innovation and good taste of its owners.


1112 de Maisoneuve E. (at Amherst)
Metro: Berri UQAM or Beaudry
Hours: Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm; Sun-Thurs 6-10pm;
Fri-Sat 6-11pm;
Brunch Sat-Sun 10:30am-3pm
Cards: Major cards
Terrace: No
Vegetarian friendly: Limited
Wheelchair access: Washrooms are downstairs
Price: Lunch $16-$19; Dinner-starters $8-$18; mains $19-$33